Hollywood has hit the purple patch with ‘The Avengers’ smashing all records. The superhero movie made a killing at the box office by piling up $ 1 billion in just 19 days. Last week the move raked in 103.2 million to lead for a second-straight weekend and increased its US collections to $373.2 million.
With $95.4 million more overseas, “The Avengers” recorded its international collections at $628.9 million and a worldwide haul of just over $1 billion. If ‘The Avengers’ successfully maintains its winning streak at the box office it will easily surpass ‘The Hunger Games’ which minted $ 386.9 million at the box office in the US this year.
‘The Avengers’ had an unhindered run at the box office as Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire saga “Dark Shadows,” remained at the distant second spot with $ 28.2 million as total receipt in its debut weekend.
Other three top earning films in the US were “Think Like a Man,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Lucky One’ which collected $ 6.3 million, $ 4.4 million and $ 4.1 million respectively at the box office.
London: (ANI) The much hyped super hero epic ‘The Avengers’ has smashed the record for the biggest US opening weekend, by raking in 200 million dollars, according to early figures.The previous best opening weekend record was held by ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, which opened in July 2011 with 169 million dollars.
The Disney film was titled ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ for its UK release, the BBC reported. Included in the top five of biggest openers are ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Spider-Man 3’.The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, took ‘158 million dollars in its opening weekend in 2008, while ‘Spider-Man 3’ took 151 million dollars.
The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, failed to beat the final Harry Potter“s first day takings record of 91 million dollars but surpassed it over the following two days.
No other big films dared go up against it, with only the British film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ being released on the same day. `The Avengers` has so far raked in 641 million dollars worldwide.
Hollywood’s last Friday release “Think like a Man” has surprised many with its impressive performance at the Box Office. The movie has also displaced ‘The Hunger Games’ from the number one spot. ‘Think like a Man’ has earned its almost double pre-release projections with $33 million.
‘Think like a Man’ has ended the 31 day rule of ‘The Hunger Games’ at the number one slot in North America. Last week’s Top Five Movies at the Box Office in the USA are :
1. “Think Like a Man” — $33.0 mil
2. “The Lucky One” — $22.8 mil
3. “The Hunger Games” — $14.5 mil
4. “Chimpanzee” — $10.2 mil
5. “The Three Stooges” — $9.2 mil